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China in the next 60 years: Xiong Liping

Ahead of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the BBC News Website asked a range of Chinese people what their country had achieved and where it will be in another six decades.

Xiong Liping, 25, migrant worker, Beijing

Xiong Liping
My current situation is not very good, but I have the chance to study hard to improve myself so I'm relatively lucky.

I also know that people who study at university and beyond are still not guaranteed a job and I have one.

I'm studying English at the moment because I think that within five years at least half the people in big, rich cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen will be able to speak English.

Previously there was no equality of opportunity for women, but now I'm free to decide things for myself. Often when I'm out I see signs on the street that say 'Respect old people, respect women', which raises the respect for women in society. So this generation has certainly helped bring about more equality for women.

Economic development has also given us more opportunities. China's future looks very bright. Everyone thinks China and the US are bound together, which shows that China has developed well.

But I don't know what influence China will have on the world if it becomes bigger and stronger. For example, I work for Chinese people in Beijing. I'm not saying they are bad people but, compared to others, they aren't particularly nice.

Many Chinese bosses are very, very rich, but they give their workers very low wages. When you ask why, they say it's just the market. They say, 'If you can get better wages elsewhere then go'.

We ought to care for people better. That way the whole of society can develop harmoniously. If people don't learn to be concerned about others, then society will be unstable.

People might find that their car has been destroyed or that people are angry because their lives aren't very good. These situations have already happened, as you can see from news reports. Society ought to take some responsibility, especially rich people and government officials.

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